Local Café Supports Artists by Launching Art Showcase – Gallery Wall


Call for UAE Artists: RAW Gallery Wall

RAW Coffee Company announces their first 2021 Call for Artists, for the RAW Gallery Wall.  The company are launching a curated show that will run for 2 months at a time, based on a theme. At RAW, art and community are the core beliefs that easily flow with the café’s aesthetic. The first exhibition will run from 7 April 2021 – 7 June 2021 and the theme for the exhibition is Sustainable Material: Paper.

Sustainability in coffee considers three vital elements: People, Planet, and Profit.  Simply put, it means acting responsibly in all areas of the coffee supply chain.  It’s core to who we are and how we conduct ourselves.

Artists are encouraged to either work with paper as a medium OR use paper in a creative 2D way OR as subject matter. At this time, only 2D artwork for this show in formats: A0, A1, A2 or A3, maximum 5 pieces per artist are accepted.  Artwork will be selected and curated for the exhibition by RAW’s team of talented creatives and creative director.

Kim Thompson, Founder and CEO stated “At RAW we value how we communicate and educate our customer in those pillars we strongly believe in: Local, Ethical and Direct. Each of these pillars have strong core values which we would like to express through the use of art and at the same time provide a platform for artists, who we want to support in difficult times.”

Deadline for digital submissions is 24th March 2021, 3pm.

About RAW:

RAW started off as bootleggers, bringing coffee beans to Dubai in suitcases from their favourite roasteries around the world. 

Established in July 2007, Founder, Owner & Managing Director, Kim Thompson, and Owner and CEO, Matt Toogood decided it was time to fill the gap for freshly roasted specialty coffee. The coffee beans used at RAW are all organically certified, roasted in small batches, and available to sample from their warehouse roastery, either as single origins or blends.

Post launch, the RAW team quickly expanded to providing support and training to baristas and finding equipment manufacturers. Today, RAW Coffee Company is recognized internationally in the specialty coffee community as the market leader of the UAE specialty coffee segment. Additionally, RAW prides itself in sourcing coffee beans ethically, whilst ensuring the supplying farmers are treated fairly and can make a sustainable living.

RAW offers a complete value proposition for all thing’s coffee related: 

  1. Supply of fresh quality roasted beans
  2. Barista training
  3. Imported Italian espresso equipment, including servicing and maintenance
  4. Consultation on design, menu concepts and optimized workflow for their hospitality partners

The definition of RAW is in its natural condition, fresh, powerful, impressive and perfect. RAW Coffee Company is a chemical reaction to the stale mundane. An antidote to normality. RAW Coffee Company is not so much a company; it’s more of a quest.

RAW Pillars:

Local – Locally Roasted 

Direct – Directly from the Farms 

Ethical – Ethically Traded 

Our RAW Brands: 

RAW Coffee Company 

Fundamental by RAW

Refinery by RAW 

Rocket Fuel